Craig Lanier Allen
Craig Lanier Allen holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Citadel (Distinguished Air Force Student) and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a former French and Latin American Foreign Area Specialist with military and diplomatic postings in Paris, Sarajevo, Panama and Seoul. In 2006 he founded and directed the Museum of the American in Paris Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a museum to commemorate the history of Americans in Paris.
Craig has developed several courses including a course in comparative literature for USC’s Department of French and Italian and “The History of Americans in Paris” at George Washington University. A recipient of the George Washington University Phillip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award in 2015, Craig assisted in the teaching of many courses ranging from the political to the cultural. His dissertation, Spies Spying on Spies Spying: The Café Tournon and the Specter of Surveillance in Postwar American Literary Expatriate Paris, 1953-1958 explores American government surveillance of American literary circles in early Cold War Paris. Those circles included Richard Wright and Paris’ so-called Rive Noire or “Black Bank,” and the founders of The Paris Review, Merlin, Zero and Points literary magazines.
Craig is a recipient of France’s Chateaubriand Fellowship for 2016 and a Loughran Foundation Endowment Dissertation Research Grant for research at Oxford University in 2015. Craig has presented his work at several international conferences centered on the transnational dimensions of American Studies, including: The 6th Biannual Surveillance & Society Conference at the University of Barcelona, Spain (2014), and The State and U.S. Cultural Industries Conference at the University of Sydney, Australia (2015).
Prizes, Fellowships, & Grants:
Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation Research Travel Grant. Read about his trip here.
Craig Allen published his paper "Spies Spying on Spies Spying," about the surveillance of post-World War II U.S. literary expatriates to Paris, in the July 2016 issue of the Australasian Journal of American Studies.
This spring, Craig was awarded France’s Chateaubriand Fellowship for 2016 as well as a Loughran Foundation Endowment Dissertation Research Grant for research at Oxford University in 2015, where he will researching the archives of the spy novelist John Le Carré (aka David Cornwall).
Phillip T. Amsterdam Teaching Award, 2015. Read our interview with Craig here.